We live in a time where information is broadcasted everywhere, competing to get your attention. We set alarms and reminders about important things we don’t want to miss.
This was true in ancient times as well, but they didn’t have smart phones, calendars, books and alarms. They piled stones and built alters.
The people labored to make visual reminders in places that they frequented, taught their children the meaning of the reminders, and stopped their activities to remember what was important.
Samuel then took a large stone and placed it between the towns of Mizpah and Jeshanah. He named it Ebenezer (which means “the stone of help”), for he said, “Up to this point the Lord has helped us!”
2 Samuel 7:12 (NLT)
We can do the same thing—use visuals to trigger our memories.